Is a 1.5 HP shaper like the Grizzly G1035 powerful enough to cut raised
panel cabinet doors using a 4" (or so) raised panel & back cutter? Since
it's cutting the raised panel front and the decorative groove on the
back I'm thinking the 1.5 HP might not be enough. I'm shopping for a
shaper and want to make sure I'm getting the power I need without
breaking my bank.
If you are going to invest in a shaper that means your will be using it,
I would advise not to go less that 3Hp,
Personally for me I consider a shaper at 5HP to be small
Good Luck with your decision
I am a pro and do nothing but custom work, that I design, I have a 5 hp for
some work and 6.6 for other work.
and someday I am going to rebuild the shaper that I made with a 10 HP, Have
all the components stored in a box, I got rid of the first table when I
moved here to AZ almost 10 years ago.
If a machinery manufacturer says they recommend a 1 HP motor on say a
Jointer than I would by the 1-1/2 Hp
All above is okay for me, I know a lot here do not need the power that i
want for your home work shops
But lets face it how much more is to go from 1-1/2 HP to 3-HP
Hell I have 3-1/2 HP routers.
Yes that is the best way to express what i meant and what i do,
Not to say that i haven't strained a motor or two beyond its limits over the
Hell I've even strained my own motor past the limits a time or two! or
three! or four!!
Awe hell I lost count years ago. <G>
Sent ya a private e-mail hope it went through
I have a Jet 2hp shaper that is a little small for serious shaping;
however, any shaper (that I know of) would do the job if you take
several cuts. I would never try panel cutting (one pass) without a
I make single cuts all the time with my 3 HP SECO shaper. The cutter is
Freud, about 5", with an undercutter. Almost all my panels have been cut at
10K RPM, but I have some twisted grain hickory and oak that makes me slow
the bit. Then it cuts fine in one pass.
Anything under 3HP is going to be underpowered for raised panel work.
Also, don't overlook the relationship between the HP rating and the
spindle size. For example, 3 - 5 HP behind a 1/2" spindle is bordering
"It's easy when you know how..."
True, true all true, alltho what "works just fine" may be somewhat
subjective... Even so, it would seem to me that if one can afford the
"right tools" then one might have more time for whatever one might
want to do. I have many woodworking friends who have "time that is not
by the hour" and who have better equipped shops than I. So my comments
are not so far off the mark as to be construed as being out of touch
"It's easy when you know how..."
Agreed. I have a shop that is now a hobby and a 3 hp Woodtek shaper.
Your advice regarding 1/2" spindle sizes is appreciated. I have more or
less settled on using 3/4" spindle sizes as my compromise between
ruggedness and affordability.
I got mine in 2001. If you can't get anything from Woodworkers'
Supply, ping me on-line again and I'll see what I can do. I'll check the
plate for model and serial number, the catalog lists mine as catalog #
933-580 which is the same as #803-274 only with the sliding table. If
yours is a "Woodtek" not "Woodtec", then WWS will probably have the
fence available, I just got a fan cover for my 1995 Woodtek dust
Yeah. I meant WoodteK... not Woodtec. I sent an email to Woodworkers Supply and
hopefully they will respond. According to my plate this is a 803-646 and it has
a sliding table. Hopefully they will have manuals and parts, but they seem to
change manufacturers in China or Tiawan on a fairly regular basis. Mine was
made in Tiawan according to the plate.
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